Banning God From Public Speech And The Public Square

by Pup on June 13, 2011

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The founders of this country had a grand vision and a most unique opportunity, probably the greatest opportunity in the history of opportunities.  They were to start up a country from scratch.  Completely from scratch.  Not reform a country, not change a government, but create one.  A grand experiment.

And so today we have the Constitution, which, though under attack as never before, remains as the bedrock of our laws, indeed, it is the law of the land.  One of the forms these attacks take is in the ‘interpretation’ of what the founders meant.

I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.  But, I can read and comprehend what I’m reading.  And no where in the Constitution is the phrase ‘separation of church and state.’  And never did the founders intend for citizens not to be able to publicly worship God, or publicly speak of God.  Their intent was to protect citizens from a federally mandated religion, not to ban God from the public square.

A high school graduating senior should never, in this country, have to use the courts in order to be able to thank God in her valedictory speech.

Just A Conservative Girl has a great post today describing the beginning of the move to ban public expression of religion.

I truly believe that America’s turn to the type of permissiveness that allows this to happen can be traced back to the court case that forever changed the way we view religion in our country. While it doesn’t have the name recognition that a Brown V. Board of Ed has, the change in our country has been substantial. McCollum v. Board of Ed was a landmark decision in this country.

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just a conservative girl June 13, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for the linky love Pup!! I am glad that you enjoyed it. This is something that we need to teach each other about. I am serious about that young guy I used to work with, he honestly didn’t know that the words separation of church and state didn’t exist in the constitution. He went to a very good university, what does that tell you?

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Conservative Pup June 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I’ll bet if we conducted a poll of all different ages, demographics, and regions of the country, we would find that more people than not do believe that the words “separation of church and state” are in the Constitution. The ACLU and the organized Left have done their work well.

Ah yes, he went to a “very good university” and that tells us all we need to know.

Keep up the good work, JACG!

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John Scotus June 18, 2011 at 12:19 am

Yes, the ACLU has done its job well. But so many people in the US (including many politicians, lawyers, and judges) think that essentially the US has a “living Constitution” like in Britain, and that the written word of the Constitution should only be interpreted according to current needs and policy prescriptions.
What to do? The public square and public life needs to be taken back, and this can only be done through persistence and by being willing to fight.

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Matt June 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

They do seem to forget that everything after the establishment clause exists.

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